THE MAN OF MANY VERSES TURNS 80 - Calhoun Poet Clings To His Roots

(05/17/2012)

Calhoun poet Harry Newell of Orma is turning 80

He wrote, "Some verses are long, and some are short, some for love and some for sport ..."

Over the years, he has put his verses in several published volumes.

"I'm proud of my family and the people around me," he said. "They have given me so much."

Not unlike many writers, his mind has steel-trap recall of what people said and did 50 years ago, which he can now string together as a storyteller and poet.

His spiritual life is reflected in his respect and nurturing for living things, from his animals to his fruit trees. "This is God's world," he said.

Harry has a thousand things he wants to tell you, not to impress you, but to help you understand the nature of things.

He attended the old Orma School and graduated from Calhoun High in 1951, then serving his country in the U. S. Army Medical Corps. "I only missed eleven days of work" at DuPont's Washington Works near Parkersburg, retiring after 28 years.

His first wife was a Calhoun teacher, Mary Chancey Newell. He then married Mae Bess Bailey (Helmick) in 1985, who has since passed.

See Harry's poem   What I Found

Related story   A MAN OF MANY VERSES - Poet Harry Newell Came Home


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